Protestors block busy road, pushing back against 'stand your ground' law

Posted at 11:22 PM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2019-08-16 14:38:49-04

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA - Protestors blocked a St. Petersburg intersection, Sunday, fighting against Florida's 'stand your ground' law.

A police officer instructed the demonstrators to move. Several drivers appeared frustrated because the protestors were standing in the middle of the road.

"I kept reminding myself it's not about us. It's not about them, but it's about getting past injustice," Rev. Angela Edwards-Luckett of Church of The Reconciler-Presbyterian Church said.

The demonstration took place a day after Markeis McGlockton's funeral.

The Pinellas County Sheriff previously announced he was not moving forward with charges against Michael Drejka; Drejka is the man who fired at McGlockton, killing him. Drejka told investigators he was afraid and was defending himself after McGlockton pushed him to the ground. Everything unfolded outside Circle A Food Store in Clearwater. The argument started over a handicap spot. McGlockton's family said McGLockton was protecting his family that day.

"We're being disruptive because there are things that are happening right now in this country that are being disruptive to the black community," one demonstrator said on Sunday.

Senator Bill Nelson has asked the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to investigate.

"Lawmakers put laws on books for reasons, but I'm here to say that we can stand and we can protest, and we can get rid of unjust laws," Rev. Edwards-Luckett said.